Thursday, November 15


The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly

Ashlyn Blocker, 13, has a “congenital insensitivity to pain.”

Wednesday, November 14


Last Champions of the Third Reich

The story of the 1944 German national soccer championship game.

Longform Podcast #16: Pamela Colloff

Pamela Colloff is an executive editor and staff writer at Texas Monthly.

"There are many, many people who write and they have tragic stories, but they're not necessarily compelling magazine articles. Figuring out what is a compelling magazine article and what isn't is one of the more painful things about this. You can't look into every case. But your job is to be a storyteller."

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Show Notes »

The Last Laughing Death

A 50-year medical riddle in Papua New Guinea and the man who made solving it his life’s work.



Exploring Paris’s parallel universe of tunnels, caverns and catacombs.

Tuesday, November 13


My 6,128 Favorite Books

“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find “reality” a bit of a disappointment.”


Murdering the Impossible

A profile of Reinhold Messner, the greatest mountain climber of all time.

Monday, November 12


A Rite Gone Horribly Wrong

The deadly hazing that destroyed a legendary college marching band.


The Expendables

Life in the French Foreign Legion.


Dance Dance Revolution

A field report from Electric Daisy Carnival, a three-night bacchanal in the Las Vegas desert attended by “100,000 wasted hedonists scantily dressed in furry underwear.”


The Party Next Time

As immigration turns red states blue, how can Republicans transform their platform?